Bette Midler had harsh words for the governor of West Virginia after he showed his dog's backside at the end of his State of the State speech, in a bizarre rejoinder to the actor, singer and activist.
Responding on Thursday to a tweet in which Midler called West Virginia "poor, illiterate and strung out," Republican Jim Justice said she could kiss his dog's "hiney."
On Friday, Midler retweeted a picture of the stunt with the caption: “Here we can see a dog's asshole. Right next to it is the butt of Jim Justice's dog. ”
Means also tweeted: “Here are the state rankings of all the areas and agencies for which the so-called 'governor' of West Virginia, Jim Justice, is responsible. Judging from these rankings, I'd say his dog's ass would make a better governor than him! ”
The graphic, from US News and World Report, showed Virginia scoring poorly in healthcare, education, economy and other categories and 47th overall among the 50 US states. The state tends to score poorly in such rankings.
Justice, 70, a coalmining magnate who was elected as a Democrat, is an eccentric figure who often uses his English bulldog, Babydog, as a political prop. His State of the State speech, at the capitol in Charleston, was delayed after he contracted Covid-19.
Means angered the governor with comments prompted by her own anger toward the West Virginia senator Joe Manchin.
Manchin, a Democrat, recently sank Joe Biden's Build Back Better spending plan, then stood in the way of Senate reform to facilitate the passage of voting rights protections.
"What Joe Manchin, who represents a population smaller than Brooklyn, has done to the rest of America, who wants to move forward, not backward, like his state, is horrible," Midler tweeted.
“He sold us out. He wants us all to be just like his state, West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out. ”
She later apologized to "the good people" of West Virginia.
Agencies contributed to this reporting.